FA Women’s Super League – Preview…

With the final of the Continental Tyres League Cup this weekend, only one of the London teams has an FAWSL fixture.

Arsenal and Chelsea face off at Molineux, Wolverhampton, in a repeat of last year’s final, where Arsenal were crowned champions. It is The Gunners’ only chance at silverware this season so the stakes will be high, following their heavy defeat to Chelsea in the WSL just a few weeks ago.

Chelsea will be coming into the game after playing midweek against Ajax in their Champions League quarter-final, where they progressed to the semi-finals after winning 4-1 on aggregate.

Tottenham Hotspur were due to play Chelsea but that WSL fixture has now been rescheduled to May.

Sunday, March 31

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion – Chigwell Construction Stadium (3pm). 

Where to watch – The FA Player

West Ham will be hoping to bounce back after their defeat at the hands of league leaders Chelsea, after being on the wrong end of several referee calls while they made The Blues work for their win.

West Ham’s centre-back, Canadian, Shelina Zadorsky took positives from their game against Chelsea, despite the result, and hopes they can build and pick up points against The Seagulls.

Speaking to www.whufc.com, she said: “We have to put our energy into what we can affect and what we can control. As a team, we need to find consistency. Liverpool was not our best game, but we have bounced back with a great performance against Chelsea. It is about being able to produce that against every team now.”

After their win against Leicester City, eighth-placed Brighton and Hove Albion are sitting a little stronger in the table than their opponents, but West Ham will go into the game hoping to pick up some valuable points to fight off their relegation risks.

Interim head coach Mikey Harris feels the team have been building on their performances after a patchy season that has seen the departure of former manager Melissa Phillips.

Speaking to www.brightonandhovealbion.com, he said: “It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s not a quick fix. We have to build on moments. It’s all about the next game, but for me and the club it’s the bigger picture of trying to move closer toward the vision and doing it in the style and identity of the football club.”

The teams last met back in October, with West Ham taking the three points in a 2-0 win. Goals for The Hammers came from Kirsty Smith and Riko Ueki.

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